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time prior to the first records we have. The history of that earliest race of Egyptians and the names of their kings, are unknown—to Egyptologists. The early history of Egypt is bound up with the last history of Atlantis. The Egyptian priests, who were also the astronomers, derived their zodiac from Atlantis. That is why the zodiac of Denderah can display the passage of vaster revolutions of the stars than the zodiacs of our historic era can yet display.
We greet each newly discovered vestige of that eariy civilization with exclamations of surprise. At a time when, according to modern ideas of "progress," we might reasonably expect these people to be crude, primitive and barbarous, we nnd them to be cultured, refined and religious.
We commonly take it for granted that the farther we go backwards in our enquiry into the past history of the human race, the nearer we approach to a condition of savagery. The truth is, that even in some of the remote prehistoric periods we find both savages and civilized cultured men existing coevally upon this planet; that science, which has akeady sketched out an age of the world that stupefies man's limited imagination, has not yet collected sufficient data with which to sketch out an accurate picture of prehistoric ages and of the life of man during those ages. But it is moving forward and one day it will obtain that picture. Let us not, therefore, too hastily deny the Egyptian priests their temple records of 90,000 years, and grudgingly grant them five or six thousand years at most, as so many do. For the age of our planet offers a constant and silent rebuke to men who think so meanly of our ancestry, whilst the age of the universe should shame them into acceptance rather than denial. For out in the infinite depths of the sky there exist strange cemeteries of the heavens where dead stars and cold globes, which once bore all the pomp and pageantry of bygone civilizations, now approach the grim hour of their final dissolution.
I walked out upon the roof once more and stood behind the low parapet which crested the walls. An unbroken panorama of cultivated fields opened out around the temple and then disappeared into shining, curved desert sand-driits. Peasants were stooping to their little patches of ground busy with their